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Germans in Occupied Ukraine

Film | Accession Number: 1992.252.1 | RG Number: RG-60.0648 | Film ID: 304

Footage shot by a German cameraman during Germany's occupation of Ukraine in World War II. Footage with German photographers traveling through the Ukraine photographing cities, villages, and collective farms. The most extensive footage is taken with a female photographer from her trip to Ukraine in the summer of 1943. She traveled by plane and car from southern Ukraine (the Melitopol region) just north of Crimea, then along the Dnepr River northward over Dnepropetrovsk to Kiev and then due west to Rovno and then the border of General Government.

Reel 4: 05:37:43 MS Women with baskets standing in line. 05:37:51 LS of car coming down road, photographer's shadow on road. 05:37:57 Remarkable footage of Askaniia Nova, a nature reserve established in 1875 by a Prussian colonist in Chaplynka raion. VS wildebeests, oxen, ostrich, deer in pristine feather-grass steppe in the park. MLS single horse carriage goes across field with driver and passenger (German photographer). 05:38:45 CU of 2 large eggs, ostrich. 05:38:56 SS flag flying and swastika flag at some kind of garrison. 05:39:06 Shots of ducks and of ostrich. 05:39:36 CU Sign "Halbstadt" (German Colony). MS 2 young boys in uniform and 2 girls walking away from camera on grounds of colony. 05:39:48 CU of boys grabbing fruit? off back of moving pickup truck. CU of young girls going by in truck. 05:40:00 Men with dogs (dog show?). 05:40:37 MLS baba (stone statue) in middle of Askaniia Nova. MS Hairy oxen. 05:40:45 MS Huskies fighting, one boy whipping dog, VS of people and small dog. Local militia soldier with Red Cross on armband putting straw under truck wheel. MS of 2 children. 05:41:19 LS woman shining shoes of officer (very striking). 05:41:35 German civilian photographers (man and woman) and German officer lying in field. MS Gnus, MS and CUs of pigs. 05:42:02 VS Folk dancers. 05:42:08 AV Good shots of unidentified town. 05:42:54 Woman photographer in front of damaged church with civilian bearded older man wearing cap. 05:43:04 CU Sunflowers, MLS women walk thru field down path. MLS Carts roll by house, MS of house, German soldiers at riverbank. 05:44:05 LS then VS good shots of worksite footage, lunch break, women walking down road. 05:45:13 CU Old woman spinning cotton then with woman photographer. 05:45:44 Children in courtyard being looked after, boys at basin, boys and girls come toward camera. Children eating. 05:46:18 WS INT of what appears to be barracks or stable, many shirtless men standing in semicircle listening to German officer. 05:46:40 Shirtless soldier walking camel. Men marching. These may be local militia. 05:47:06 MS Group of SS cavalry squads, stables, young recruits, probably ethnic Germans being trained for combat on the front and in anti-partisan operations. 05:47:16 Young soldier with camels and photographer.

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Event:  1943
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:51:15
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